LONDON, December 10, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – If churches are forced by new legislation or by civil suits to conduct homosexual “marriage” ceremonies against their beliefs, it would constitute “a piece of tyranny by which the rights of hundreds of thousands, millions even, of people of faith … will be ruthlessly trampled upon,” said the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP).

The Cameron government has announced that same-sex “marriage” legislation will be introduced next week.

But in a statement issued November 15th, UKIP warned that the writing is on the wall for churches if the government introduces legislation creating gay “marriage.” 

It is “inevitable that gay couples will seek the right to marry in Church and that Churches will refuse to permit them to do so,” said UKIP. Despite the government’s assurances, “there will, very soon after the introduction of gay civil marriage, be a challenge in first the domestic courts of England and Wales and then in the European Court of Human Rights alleging that the exclusion of gay people from the right to have a religious ceremony of marriage is unlawful discrimination against them on the grounds of their sexual orientation.”

“[T]here is a very strong likelihood that the Court at Strasbourg will agree that it is an unlawful discrimination on those grounds and order the United Kingdom to introduce laws which will force Churches to marry gay people according to their rites, rituals and customs.”

The party said it is sure that the current government would “swiftly bend the knee to such a ruling and introduce such legislation” forcing churches to conduct gay “marriages.”

UKIP said in its statement that civil partnerships already “represent an entirely common sense way of allowing gay men and women in our country to register in a formal way their longterm commitment to one another.”

UKIP, originally founded as a Euroskeptic party, is gaining much of the political ground currently being abandoned by the Conservative Party under David Cameron’s “modernising” efforts. Many traditional supporters of the governing party have left, saying that under the prime minister’s leadership it no longer represents their views or the views of ordinary Britons. UKIP is stepping into this void and is gaining both Conservative MP defectors and popular support as it adopts more of the traditional positions of classical conservatism.